2 Retired FDNY Firefighters Die Of 9/11-Related Illnesses on Same Day

WCBS 880 - February 11, 2020

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The city is mourning the loss of two firefighters who died of 9/11-related illnesses.

Retired firefighters Paul Deo, Jr. and Richard Jones both died on Friday.

The 63-year-old Jones served in Ladder 25 on the Upper West Side for his entire 20-year career and received three acts of merit in 1992 and 1997.

Deo, 74, retired out of Engine 317 in St. Albans after serving in the department for 33 years.

”Nearly two decades later, our FDNY family continues to lose remarkable men and women who never wavered in their commitment to protecting life and property in our city," said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. "Our department will never forget them or the bravery they exuded throughout their careers.”

There were 343 firefighters killed at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001 and 218 FDNY members who worked in the rescue and recovery efforts have died of 9/11-related illnesses in the nearly two decades since the attacks.